Every now and again I have to satisfy the fried chicken urge but I try not to go to the chains. Sometimes this means I order it at a restaurant and pay the premium. But other times I'll just get a piece of takeout chicken, and TC 's has emerged as a tasty nonfancy option for me. Twice I've had very good FC: sizable wing with extra drummette meat attached ($1.79) and large breast with a little backbone attached ($2.75). The way the meat is cut seems to me that they are buying whole fryers and cutting them. Light, crisp flour coating fried just right and greaseless. Meat is juicy and hot. They use a seasoning that has just a hint of celery salt (odd but it works) and no MSG. They make fries to order and shower them with the same salt. Oil tasted fresh and neutral. Prices are comparable to chains but you're supporting a local independent:
2 pc combo w drink and side = $6.75
The larger sizes work out to ~ $2.00/pc but comes with sides and biscuits: 8 pc combo w 2 large sides and biscuits = $16.95
They also make fried fish and a variety of sides. Bonus: there's a donut counter.
Rainbow Donuts | TC Fried Chicken & Fish
2025 San Pablo/University, Berkeley, CA